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Chicago North Side

New Project Breaks Ground in Ravenswood

The Lawrence Avenue streetscape pitched by the Chicago Department of Transportation (CDOT) and 47th Ward Ald. Ameya Pawar, is expected to break ground some time in June according to DNAinfo Reporter Patty Wetli. The building of the Lawrence streetscape is to improve conditions for businesses and schools.

This first phase of the project will extend from Clark Street to Western Avenue (and possibly the Chicago River) and will include Lawrence Avenue between Western and Damen avenues. At the end of December 2012, an old water main was replaced underneath Lawrence Avenue in preparation for the project.

There will be flower planters and wider sidewalks. Because of these two characteristics, that means the road in this area will be cut from four lanes into two. Many are not happy about this since it is anticipated that the Lawrence Avenue Streetscape will only lead to traffic build-ups.

The people of Ravenswood should brace themselves for the changes that are coming. There is going to be more and construction taking place in the area.Businesses should consider what these new developments will mean for their business in the future and how adjustments are going to me made during the time of construction.

CDOT project director Janet Attarian conceded the reduction in lanes will result in increased motorist delays, adding anywhere from three to nine minutes to travel times between Ashland and Western, with westbound evening commuters experiencing the most pain.

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